Why did you join PWN?
I joined PWN without ever even going to an event – just because of the reputation and reviews that my friends had given me. I’m thrilled to be a part of PWN and am very much looking forward to getting to know every member!
What is your business?
Professionally I am a Co-Active Coach and End of Life Guide. I provide Life Coaching, Peer Support and Guidance to those in all transitions of life.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Well, that’s sort of funny. The thing that “inspired” me to become self employed was losing my job in the last recession. It was more like a universal kick in the butt, telling me to follow my passions for a change!
What do you enjoy about your work?
I very much enjoy the autonomy, flexibility, creativity and wearing multiple hats! Of course those are the very things that can be exhausting at times. It’s so very worth it, though. I find that each passing year I learn more about life, business, people, finance and myself.
How does networking support you and your business?
Life Coaching is pretty much a “referral based” industry. It’s important to maintain your network and to try new things each year to expand it. And if you have fun in the process, even better!
What’s your favorite tip for success with networking?
I’m feeling the need to refer to my Coach Approach with this question. Networking, like any other thing that forces us out of our comfort zone, is the perfect place to keep our self criticism (or saboteur voice) at bay. Self management is fine and good in these situations but being overly critical of yourself will only cause you to retreat and hide.
Also remember not to set standards or expectations that are too high to reach. Have fun with it! At the very least, you’ll become more polished in the way you speak about yourself and your business. Part of my person mantra is “I choose purpose over perfect.”
What’s a mistake you made early on in your career and what business skill or wisdom has come from it?
Interesting two part question, because I really don’t use the word “mistake.” I believe in “opportunities” for growth and expansion. With that being said, I wish I wouldn’t have been so fearful and reserved in the beginning. I was afraid of government rules and regulations, the IRS, possible insurance issues, being sued, etc. What I know now is that business is like a mathematical equation or formulae. As long as you educate yourself and follow the rules, there’s nothing to worry about.
What is something PWN members don’t know about you?
You really can’t judge a book by its cover. Now that I’m turning 50 and looking like it, I’m finding that people tend to assume that I’m a conservative with family money. I’m here to tell you that I’m neither. I’ve had to work for every little thing in my life and I’m more than OK with that. My breaking away from family in the South East is precisely why I’ve been able to gain self-esteem and wisdom. It was extremely difficult but I’m very happy and proud that I did it. It’s the reason I coach!
What are you reading?
My most recent read was The Wisest One in the Room, by Thomas Golivoch and Lee Ross. It’s an interesting collection of advice from very accomplished people. The gist of the book or its overall message was that we can never assume where the other person is really coming from. We’ve all had such different lives and are experiencing different things in every moment that we can never really have 100% the same perception towards anything. We as a species have to learn to respect and appreciate each other for exactly that reason.